50th anniversary concert recreates the atmosphere and repertoire of the earliest performances of the Philip Glass Ensemble, a defining moment in American musical history.
On Sunday evening, May 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm, Josh Bradford along with 5 other musicians will celebrate the 50th anniversary (May 19, 1968) of when Philip Glass himself organized his first concert devoted solely to his compositions at the Filmmakers Cinematique in New York City.
This special concert event will recreate the atmosphere of the original performances of music that Philip Glass composed upon his first year back in New York City (1967-1968) after studying with Nadia Boulanger and Ravi Shankar and France and India. These two individuals, according to Glass himself, completely changed his outlook on music and led to the musical style Philip Glass has composed in ever since this year. These compositions also represent the earliest pieces that are available to the public for performance through official published scores.
A dance fitness studio right across from Lake Dalllas will be converted into a minimalistic art space for the night as attendees will be invited to take a look and listen at the architecture of these "repetitive structures" that Glass created to define what would become his definitive sound and break away from the established musical practices of the day.
Reserve your ticket for this one night only experience.
About the 39 Glass Project...
This concert continues Josh Bradford’s “39 Glass project”, a multi performance project dedicated to honoring the Philip Glass legacy by bringing the music of Glass to audiences who have never been exposed to it, many in non-traditional concert venues. Bradford’s goal is to give at least 39 performances during the span of the project.
Josh Bradford’s own 39th birthday was the catalyst to dedicate at least 39 performances to Philip Glass, one of the most influential composers of the last 40 years, in the year that the iconic composer turns 80. The composer of numerous flim scores (The Hours, The Truman Show, Koyaanisqatsi) and distinctive instrumental and vocal textures, Philp Glass had his hit opera “Einstein On The Beach” breakthrough in 1976 when he was also 39 years old.